Player of the Game
Produced one of his best all-around games of the season off the bench with 16 points on 5-of-5 shooting, adding six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes.
Pacers 40, Nets 30
Nets 21, Pacers 15
Nets 14, Pacers 7
Points off turnovers:
Nets 16, Pacers 12
Nets 77, Pacers 74
Pacers 47, Nets 28
Stat of the Night
END RESULTAfter his team had to overcome deficits of 23 and 24 points to win their previous two games, Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien said, "One of these days, we're going to get a lead."
He didn't have to wait long.
The Pacers piled up 72 points and a 20-point halftime margin and cruised to a 121-105 victory over the Nets before 13,656 in IZOD Center.
Danny Granger scored 22 of his game-high 28 in the first half. Troy Murphy scored 21 with 14 rebounds and Brandon Rush hit all five of his shots off the bench and scored 15.
IMPACTThe Pacers won their third in a row to improve to 14-25 overall. They also snapped a nine-game road losing streak with their first road win since Dec. 12. The Pacers are 5-3 in January. The Nets lost their seventh in a row to fall to 3-36 overall, 2-17 at home.
KEY MOMENTSThe Nets hung around most of the first half but the Pacers put together a 24-5 run to close the second quarter, sending them to the locker room with a 24-5 lead. Granger scored nine in the run, Earl Watson six and Rush five. The Nets opened the second half with a brief surge, cutting it to 16 but Rush scored eight in a row for the Pacers, including a pair of 3-pointers, to rebuild the lead to 84-62. The Nets would not threaten again.
BY THE NUMBERSThe Pacers shot .531 overall and were 13-of-23 (.565) from the 3-point line, racking up 34 assists on 43 field goals and outrebounding the Nets 42-39. Granger was 9-of-8 overall, 4-of-7 from the arc and had four assists and three rebounds to complement his 28 points. Murphy, who aggressively attacked the rim, was 8-of-12 overall and 2-of-4 from the arc.
Rush hit all five of his shots, including three from the 3-point line, adding six rebounds and five assists to his 15 points. Mike Dunleavy had 14 and Roy Hibbert 12. The Pacers won the bench scoring battle for the 15th time in 16 games, 47-28.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting, adding seven rebounds. In three games against the Pacers he has averaged 26.0 points and 12.3 boards. Devin Harris scored 22 with nine assists. Yi Jianlian scored 17 with 10 rebounds and Kris Humphries scored 15 off the bench.
The Nets shot 42 percent overall and outscored the Pacers 32-22 from the free-throw line but were outscored 39-15 from the 3-point line.